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The Royal Fort, Bristol

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GCSE COURSEWORK Question 1 - Analyse the evidence for the Royal Fort and its Park in the University guide leaflet. I think that all guide leaflets should contain; when the building was built, why the building was built, a brief background of the history of the building, who it was built for, who built it, a map/plan of the building and grounds (if applicable), who the present owners are, families that have owned the building, unique features, significant furniture/pictures, gardens, servant quarters (if applicable) and how the building is used now. Below is a pie chart of the proportions of the leaflet that are taken up by different topics. (All values are in % of the leaflet) Almost 30% of this leaflet is taken up by descriptions of the furniture and paintings, which I think is excessive as just 10% is taken up by the interesting historical features of the Royal Fort. When people visit places such as the Royal Fort, they would usually prefer to read about the interesting historical features of the building rather than the furniture, paintings and plasterwork which takes up 40% of the leaflet. The leaflet should contain more of the following; the purpose of the building, the present use of the building and any restoration that was taken place. ...read more.


In source 4, you can see paintings if Thomas Tyndall, the builder of the Royal Fort, painted in 1762 and his eldest son, Thomas. Source 5 is a newspaper article about the last of the Tyndall family. It is an interview with Mrs. Mary Osmond, the cook to Miss Elizabeth Tyndall; the last descendent of the Tyndall family. Mrs. Osmond spoke very warmly about her former employer and described her as "a charming lady, so kind to everyone." She then told the interviewer about her daily routine. This could make the interpretation of the leaflet different because it is first hand knowledge of one of the members of the Tyndall Family. Source 7 is a plan of the Royal Fort. It shows that the house contains luxurious rooms such as a library, a parlour, a housekeeper's room and a Servants' Hall. This should be in every guide leaflet so the people going into the museum know what room they are in when they tour the building without the need of a guide. Source 6 is an interview with Peter Walwyn, a famous racehorse trainer. He talked about his grandfather, who married Laura Tyndall at the Royal Fort in 1872. Peter did not know his grandfather, but he probably would have seen pictures and letters etc. ...read more.


This sketch should have been put in the guide leaflet so the reader would see what the Royal Fort and parkland looked like in 1762. I think that source seven should have definitely been included in the leaflet as it is a plan of the inside of the building. All tourists without a guide person should know where they are in the building so they can think what the room would have been like in the time of the occupancy of the Tyndall's. For example; if the reader of the guide was in the dining room, with a plan of the house they would know where they are and with additional information in the leaflet, they would know some details about the room and its history. I think that not including a plan of the building was a huge mistake to make as it would give the person looking around the building more knowledge of where they are. Some of source ten should have been included in the leaflet because it is evidence for the Tyndalls as slave traders. Although it could be seen as a negative aspect of the Tyndall family, it would interest today's reader as last year there was lots of talk about the slave trade as it was the 200th anniversary of its abolishment. Different interpretations arise from the leaflet when you look at the details of the Tyndall family ...read more.

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